Current Research in History of science

American science and the pursuit of "useful knowledge" in the polite eighteenth century, 1750--1806
Elizabeth E. Webster, 2010
In this thesis, I will examine the promotion of science, or "useful knowledge," in the polite eighteenth century. Historians of England and America have identified the concept of "politeness" as a ...
Reclaiming Peace: Evangelical Scientists and Evolution After World War II
Christopher M. Rios, 2010
This dissertation argues that during the same period in which antievolutionism became a movement within American evangelicalism, two key groups of evangelical scientists attempted to initiate a cou...
Finding mind, form, organism, and person in a reductionist age: The challenge of Gregory Bateson and C. H. Waddington to biological and anthropological orthodoxy, 1924--1980
Erik L. Peterson, 2010
By the middle of the twentieth century, scholars in the life sciences had completed a "Modern Synthesis" of Darwinian evolution and genetics. As the self-styled "architects" of the synthesis saw it...
Historical short stories in the post-secondary biology classroom: Investigation of instructor and student use and views
Jerrid W. Kruse, 2010
This study investigated the use of five historically accurate short stories in a post-secondary introductory biology course. The stories were designed to include both high levels of science conten...
Public skies: telescopes and the popularization of astronomy in the twentieth century
Gary Leonard Cameron, 2010
Sputnik and the 'Space Age' have been cited as major factors in the growth of amateur astronomy in the 20; th; century. However, although the growth of popular astronomy magazines, public planeta...
Hellenistic historiography and the sciences practices and concepts in Polybius' "Histories"
Lucas Herchenroeder, 2010
This dissertation examines the relationship between Polybius' ; Histories; and the culture of the sciences in Hellenistic Greece. The period often is identified with noteworthy advances in scien...
The ghost and the corpse: Figuring the mind/brain complex at the turn of the twentieth century
Christopher Kamerbeek, 2010
My dissertation investigates how debates about the relationship of the mind and the brain in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are refracted through literature and early cinema. I e...
Why the Earth shakes: Pre-modern understandings and modern earthquake science
Jamie Rae Bluestone, 2010
Using historical sources comprised of earthquake stories of multiple genres--personal anecdotes, prayers, sermons, natural histories, philosophical treatises, poems--as well as texts about modern s...
Pathologist of the mind: Adolf Meyer, psychobiology and the Phipps Psychiatric Clinic at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1908--1917
Susan D. Lamb, 2010
This dissertation is the first systematic study of the development of Adolf Meyer's "psychobiological" psychiatry and its embodiment in the Phipps Psychiatric Clinic at The Johns Hopkins Hospital b...
Tricks upon travellers: Robert Owen, New Lanark, and the choreography of character, 1800-1826
Cornelia C. Lambert, 2010
When he assumed management of the cotton manufactory at New Lanark, Scotland in 1800, Robert Owen (1771-1858) faced a population made up of employees of "ill-formed" character. Over the course of ...
The Ghost of the Bomb: The Bravo Medical Program, Scientific Uncertainty, and the Legacy of U.S. Cold War Science, 1954--2005
Laura J. Harkewicz, 2010
After more than 50 years, controversy persists over the effects of radioactive fallout from the 1954 "Bravo" hydrogen bomb test. Although most scholars agree that the exposure was a tragic accident...
Atomic Apocalypse---'Nuclear Fiction' in German Literature and Culture
Wolfgang Lueckel, 2010
In my dissertation "Atomic Apocalypse - 'Nuclear Fiction' in German Literature and Culture," I investigate the portrayal of the nuclear age and its most dreaded fantasy, the nuclear apocalypse, in ...
Pure spaces and impure bodies: The detention of prostitutes in the U.S. during World War One
Abigail Claire Barnes, 2010
This analysis takes a historical approach to geography by looking at the social construction of gender roles as they have been mediated through the built environment. Using War Department archives,...
Ordering knowledge, re-ordering empire: Science and state formation in the English Atlantic world, 1650-1688
Matthew Carl Underwood, 2010
The central argument of this dissertation is that the early modem English state and its dependent empire were significantly shaped by contemporary science. It identifies a particular mode of natura...
Knowledge and the bomb: Nuclear secrecy in the United States, 1939-2008
Alex Wellerstein, 2010
This dissertation is a history of nuclear secrecy in the United States, from the Manhattan Project through the "War on Terror." It covers nearly seven decades of the attempts made to control nuclea...
Imaginative beholding: Physiological psychology and the discourse on representation in fin-de-siecle Germany
Winifred Elysse Newman, 2010
From classical antiquity to the late nineteenth century a representation in art was judged successful based on it's broadly mimetic fidelity to Nature. The changing sense of reality at the turn of ...
Learning from drunk monkeys: Expert approaches to alcohol and drug problems in modern America
Grischa Jeremy Metlay, 2010
This dissertation examines how alcohol and drug problems came to be seen as complex and chronic problems in the United States between 1870 and 2000. The dissertation focuses on seven expert-led org...
Nature's Music: Birds, Beasts, and Evolutionary Listening in the Twentieth Century
Rachel Mundy, 2010
In 1913, ornithologist Henry Oldys explained a metaphor of music's history that brought birdsong together with human music through a shared model of evolutionary change: "there is no escape from th...
The sociology of superstring theory
Brian Douglas Dick, 2010
This dissertation carefully tracks the historical origins of superstring theory in high energy particle physics, its subsequent decline under the guise of the "dual model" in the mid-1970s, and its...
Farfetchings: On and in the SF Mode
Joshua LaBare, 2010
Farfetchings: on and in the sf mode addresses two concerns: science fiction (sf) as a way of thinking about the world and radical ecological ethics. The word "farfetching" refers to the skill of ar...